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We've Got Outstanding Turkeys

Have you started thinking about your turkey for Thanksgiving? We have! Of course, it’s our job to make sure we think about turkeys all year long so when it comes down to the quintessential turkey holiday, you know you can depend on us for the best. In addition to all of the great holiday recipes and tips on our website, we’ll have several blog posts through the holidays telling you about our turkey producers, the difference in the variety of turkeys we sell, and how to cook, carve and what to serve with the perfect bird. To get started, let’s take a quick look at why we think you should get your turkey from us instead of somewhere else.
Many Supermarket Turkeys Some Supermarket Turkeys Whole Foods Market Turkeys
Raised with no antibiotics — ever X X
Raised with no added growth hormones* X X X
No animal byproducts in the feed X X
Processed with no added solutions** or injections X
Complete traceability to the farm X
* Federal law does not allow the use of supplemental growth hormones in poultry or pigs.
** Except for pure sea salt solution brining where indicated.
Pretty compelling, don’t you think? Lots more reasons to come in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned in and we’ll help you make sure your holiday is just right. Next up: how to navigate fresh, frozen, kosher, organic and heritage birds. Don't want to wait? Check out our A Bird for Every Budget chart. Did you get your turkey from us last year? Let us know how it was!

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Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DONALD & @ROBERT - You can check to see what your local store has to offer at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.

jennie murnane says …

How much are you selling fresh turkey breast for and how big do they run

kpruyn says …

Can, and how, do I order JUST a pre-cooked turkey for Thanksgiving. Need one to feed 8 people.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JENNIE & @KPRUYN - You can check out specifically what your local store has to offer at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.

Erik says …

We are really excited to try out our Whole Foods free range barrel brined turkey this year. We bought ours yesterday (11/16/2013) and the UPC label says sell or freeze by December 2nd but I've always heard a thawed bird should not stay uncooked for more than a day or two. Should I freeze my turkey until a few days before Thanksgiving or can I leave it in a thawed state per the label's instructions?

Judith Weltmann says …

Can I still order an organic turkey? I need about a 20-25 pound turkey and I'd like it to be at the Whole Foods Market at Friendship Heights. Thanks.

Honora Carroll says …

I just ordered a Whole Foods brined turkey at your Mt. Washington, Maryland store. My daughter has celiac and I wanted to confirm that it is gluten free. The woman in the store said it was but I wasn't sure that she really knew. Thanks

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDITH - You can still place your order online for your local store at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@HONORA - The team member more than likely checked with the vendor, but to make sure, you can always ask who the vendor is and call them directly to see if they are GF.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ERIK - You should be able to leave it in your fridge thawed. These specific turkeys are shipped on a "hard chill" with a light crusting of ice on the outer surface to help them hold up.  Also the bags, although not cryovacked, are very tight and alomost completely air tight. This will only be for birds in the bags, not anything that is loose. If you still have questions, check with the store directly based on the exact brand you purchased.

Ann Leffler says …

I am looking for a good brand of turkey breasts (I need two) for Thanksgiving. I live in Murfreesboro where we do not have an wholefood market. Do you still have plenty? This is my first time buying organic turkey but I have started buying mostly organic fruits, veggies and meat. Thank-you Ann Leffler

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ANN - If you plan to travel to a Whole Foods store, I would suggest calling the store first to see what they have left in stock.

Linda says …

Do you sell the organic frozen turkeys year round at Whole Foods?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LINDA - This will vary between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they have turkeys year-round.

Lyn rabello says …

Can I purchase whole or half turkey breasts from you and does your store in Danville / san Ramon or your berkeley calif store carry the turkey breasts

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@LYN - Since this post is a bit older and some stores carry turkey during the holidays, I would suggest reaching out to the store directly to see what they have in stock. During the holidays, our stores should have tons of turkey options for breasts, drumsticks, whole turkeys, etc.

velma ruth reifert says …

my husband has a heart condition which has led to a low sodium diet. Thanksgiving is our very favorite holiday and I'm starting my search now for a turkey with no salt that has not been brined. Can you help us?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@VELMA - Most brines will contain salt of some sort. Our exact options differ between stores so check with the meat team to see if this is something they normally have in stock. Otherwise, I would suggest purchasing a raw turkey so you can limit the amount of sodium.

Kelly Moore says …

Hi - I'm spending thanksgiving with my family in Boston this year and I'm cooking. There will be only 4 people eating the turkey (really 3 in a half, mom only takes one piece). I was going to order to turkey breast from your store but I was wondering what my options are. I'm don't think we need more than 3-4pounds. I would like it to be fresh and not frozen. How soon can I order? Looking forward to hearing back. Thank you!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KELLY - Our online ordering will go live by the first of November. Our online ordering is more for full holiday meals and larger turkeys. There is typically a window of pickup times that you must choose from for the week around Thanksgiving. If you needed your order earlier, you can always call your local store to see what they have available in the Chef's Case and you can pick out items by the pound.

Sandy says …

Do you carry Bell & Evans Turkeys for Thanksgiving? If not, what turkey brand do you recommend? I live in Alameda, CA (Oakland, CA is closest store) Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SANDY - Our exact vendors will differ between stores. Check with the Oakland store directly at 510.834.9800 to find out.

Scott Ross says …

Lookin to buy a bird on Nov 20.... will you have any?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SCOTT - Starting next week you can place an order online and pick it up on the 20th. This way you can reserve the exact bird you want. You can find ordering for your local store at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering.

rochelle coleman says …

Always looking for organic, non-GMO Project verified food, especially meat. That means turkey for the holidays, grown in a truly natural way. It would be good to know if you will be carrying this type of turkey. Thanks so much and thank you for your integrity in this matter. Rochelle

Camelia says …

Does your store (Duke St.; Alexandria, VA) sells heritage turkeys. If so, can I order on line? (deadline?). If I have to go into the store, what is the dead line for ordering one for thanksgiving? What about the Spanish and other heritage turkeys? Thanks Camelia

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CAMELIA - You can check online to see what your local store has in stock for the holidays at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering. There should be a deadline posted on their page for when you must order. I would suggest calling the store directly with any specific questions. They will be happy to help!

Kevin Sullivan says …

I', in need of 2 fresh, non-frozen, turkey breasts for the Thanksgiving holiday. Will you be handling these this year?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KEVIN - Yes, our holiday ordering will begin on 11/1 in stores and online so you can place your order.

Cindy says …

Last year, I was able to pre-order my turkeys, using this website. Will that option be available this year?

Joyce H Pate says …

I would like to buy a turkey breast with rib meat attached. Do you have any for Thanksgiving - either fresh or frozen? I do not want a turkey roast. Thanks for yourtime.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JOYCE - I would suggest calling your local store directly to find out since our options differ between stores.

Lili Fuller says …

I have a recipe for a baby turkey, 5-6 lbs. Are these available? I am assuming it's special order. It's from Leone's Italian Cookbook, so I'm sure they were available in New York City years ago. Thanks for your help.

Tina says …

Hello, I live in Salt Lake City , Utah. I have decided I would rather cook my own turkey breast and use that for sandwiches and dinners. Do you have turkey year round? Thank you, Tina Larsen

Don says …

I'm now a double by-pass human and i'm searching for fresh turkeys ...I read the information on the site but could not find a sodium content ...do you offer this information and I just over looked it?

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